Tag Archives: Henry Horner

Sangamon County poets

For a time in the early 20th century, central Illinois was famed across the country as the home of important poets, writers who were inventing new forms of verse that spoke in the voices of a new age. If it … Continue reading

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Desegregation of the Illinois State Armory

Springfield journalist and activist Simeon Osby¬† (1909-93) was among a group of African Americans who forced indifferent white officials to open all seating areas in the Illinois State Armory to anyone. Previously, blacks had been relegated to upper areas of … Continue reading

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